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2016 RANKING: Not ranked
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Fences
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Good Shepherd--59 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Fences--57
3. Beastly--27
4. Brooklyn’s Finest--27
5. Remember Me--19
6. The Choice--18  
7. American Ultra--14
8. Hollywoodland--14
9. Friends with Kids--14
10. Kissing Jessica Stein--7
 
Fences proved to be his highest-grossing solo scoring credit as well as his first Best Picture nominee and major award contender in other categories, winning a long-expected Oscar for Viola Davis. His latest is an adaptation of the bestseller Wonder, and upcoming is another racially-themed drama, The Best of Enemies (no relation to the Vidal/Buckley documentary)
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Best of Enemies, The Land of Steady Habits, Wonder 
 
2016 RANKING: 27
1 EMMY NOMINATION
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past--233  
2. X2--214
3. Superman Returns--200
4. X-Men: Apocalypse--155    
5. Fantastic Four--154
6. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer--131
7. Non-Stop-- 92  
8. Valkyrie--82
9. Jack the Giant Slayer--65
10. Unknown--63
 
The latest full X-Men feature (not counting Logan) was a box-office disappointment, and though Ottman is editing Bryan Singer’s new film, the Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the nature of the film suggests that a major Ottman score will be unnecessary.

38. STEVE JABLONSKY  
 
2016 RANKING: 26
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen--402
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon--352   
3. Transformers--319
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction--245  
5. Transformers: The Last Knight--130
6. Lone Survivor--125  
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows --81  
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre--80
9. Battleship--65  
10. The Amityville Horror--64
 
The latest Transformers’ box-office suggests that the series may have lost its appeal, at least for U.S. audiences; his next scoring assignment is a comedy from the stars/creators of Workaholics.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Game Over, Man!
 
2016 RANKING: 21
1 OSCAR, 2 NOMINATIONS
1 EMMY, 4 NOMINATIONS
2 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Capote, Little Miss Sunshine, Moneyball, Life of Pi
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Life of Pi--124  
2. The Good Dinosaur--123  
3. Moneyball--75   
4. Storks--72  
5. The Time Traveler's Wife--63
6. Little Miss Sunshine--59
7. Surf's Up--58
8. Lakeview Terrace--39
9. Fracture--38
10. The Nativity Story--37
 
Danna’s most recent hits have been animated films like The Good Dinosaur and Storks, and he returns to the field with the brand-new The Breadwinner, and (ironically, given his roots in Egoyan's adult psychodramas) continues in a family friendly vein The Man Who Invented Christmas, the latest in the subgenre of how-they-wrote-those-classic-fantasy-books.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Breadwinner, The Man Who Invented Christmas

36.  ROB SIMONSEN  
 
2016 RANKING: 31
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Going in Style--45
2. The Age of Adaline--42 
3. Nerve--38  
4. (500) Days of Summer--32
5. Gifted--24 
6. The Way Way Back--21
7. Burnt--13
8. Foxcatcher--12 
9. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World--7 
10. The Spectacular Now--6
 
The Going in Style remake proved to be his highest grosser to date, while upcoming projects include an Owen Wilson comedy and the American remake of The Intouchables.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Father Figures, Tully, The Upside

35. LUDWIG GORANSSON
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. We’re the Millers--150
2. Central Intelligence--127  
3. Creed--109  
4. 30 Minutes or Less--37
5. Everything, Everything--34
5. Top Five--25  
6. Fruitvale Station--16
 
Creed and Everything, Everything showed he could move successfully out of comedy, and his next projects are a Marvel superhero adventure and a remake of a Charles Bronson classic.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Black Panther, Death Wish

34. DARIO MARIANELLI  
 
2016 RANKING: 23
1 OSCAR, 3 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Atonement
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Eat Pray Love--80
2. V for Vendetta--70
3. Atonement--50 
4. The Boxtrolls--50
5. Kubo and the Two Strings--48  
6. Everest--43
7. Pride & Prejudice--38
8. The Brothers Grimm--37
9. The Brave One--36
10. The Soloist--31 
 
After departing from Joe Wright’s Pan, he reunites with the director for the Churchill drama Darkest Hour, which is currently being talked up as an Oscar-front runner for Gary Oldman’s performance, and he scored the Paddington sequel, which just got picked up for a Warner Bros. U.S. release following weeks in Weinstein-related limbo.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Darkest Hour, Paddington 2
 
 
2016 RANKING: 39 
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2--389
2. Guardians of the Galaxy--333  
3. 300--210
4. Watchmen--107
5. John Wick: Chapter Two--92  
6. The Day the Earth Stood Still--79
7. Dawn of the Dead--58
8.  Halloween--58
9. Atomic Blonde--51 
10. John Wick--43 
 
If you’re going to be stuck largely in the superhero-and-action niche, it’s best to be doing films like Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick (and their sequels). Upcoming projects include, fittingly enough, Deadpool 2.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Deadpool 2, The Public, 24 Hours to Live

32. RAMIN DJAWADI  
 
2016 RANKING: 37
4 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Iron Man--318
2. Clash of the Titans--163
3. Safe House--126
4. Pacific Rim--101
5. Open Season--84
6. Dracula Untold--55  
7. Blade: Trinity--52
8. Warcraft--47  
9. The Great Wall -45
10. Red Dawn--44
 
With Westworld joining Game of Thrones on his resume, he continues to have bigger success in television than in features, but following the box-office disappointments of The Mountain Between Us and especially The Great Wall, he has a high-profile assignment in 2018 with the long-awaited A Wrinkle in Time.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: A Wrinkle in Time

31. NICK CAVE AND WARREN ELLIS
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Hell or High Water
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Lawless--37   
2. Wind River--33 (as of 11/12/17)
3. Hell or High Water --26  
4. The Road--7  
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford--3 
6. The Proposition--1
 
They’re scoring more projects than ever, including the TV documentary Mars, and while War Machine was a critical disappointment, Wind River is a sleeper hit and possible Oscar contender that has impressively survived the ongoing crisis of its original distributor, The Weinstein Company.
 
2016 RANKING: 35
1 OSCAR NOMINATION
3 EMMYS, 7 NOMINATIONS
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Passion of the Christ--370  
2. The Jungle Book--363  
3. Iron Man 2--312
4. Bruce Almighty--242
5. Liar, Liar--181
6. Elf--173
7. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water--162  
8. Chicken Little--135
9. The Pacifier--113
10. Spy Kids--112
 
Despite the gigantic success of Jungle Book, he hasn’t followed it up with anything nearly as high-profile. Next up he shares scoring credit (with Joseph Trapanese) on the Barnum musical The Greatest Showman, with songs written by the La La Land/Dear Evan Hansen team.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Greatest Showman, High Wire Act, League of Gods 
 
2016 RANKING: 28
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Home--177  
2. The Lego Batman Movie--175   
3. Megamind--148 
4. Terminator: Genisys--89 
5. Penguins of Madagascar--83 
6. Son of God--59
7. 13 Hours--52  
8. The Dilemma--48 
9. Ghost in the Shell--40  
10. Geostorm--31 (11/12/17)
 
A second Emmy nomination, for TV’s Genius, and a mixture of small and big screen credits with an emphasis on animation, with this year’s Lego Batman Movie a particular highlight.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Hurricane Heist, 12 Strong
 
2016 RANKING: 19
1 EMMY NOMINATION
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Alvin and the Chipmunks--217
2. Identity Thief--134  
3. Ride Along--134   
4. Horrible Bosses--117
5. Bad Moms--113  
6. Hop--108
7. Sausage Party--97  
8. Think Like a Man--91  
9. Ride Along 2--90 
10. Think Like a Man Too--65  
 
He still is working steadily in comedy and family films, with A Bad Moms Christmas currently in theaters, while Baywatch received some of the year’s worst reviews. 
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Pitch Perfect 3

27. PATRICK DOYLE 
 
2016 RANKING: 24
2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--289
2. Brave--237  
3. Cinderella--201 
4. Thor--181  
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes--176  
6. The Emoji Movie--86 (11/12/17)
7. Eragon--74
8. Bridget Jones's Diary--71
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit--50  
10. Nim's Island--48
 
Murder on the Orient Express is currently doing better-than-expected business, and he even composed the end title song, with lyrics by Kenneth Branagh and performed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

26. HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS  
 
2016 RANKING: 18
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: The Martian
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Shrek 2--436
2. Shrek the Third--320
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe--291
4. Shrek--263
5. Shrek Forever After--238
6. The Martian--228   
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine--179
8. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian--141
9. Spy Kids--112 
10. Enemy of the State--111
 
The Martian was a career  high, his first Best Picture nominee, but he did not end up scoring Alien: Covenant as originally expected (though his Prometheus theme was incorporated) and Live by Night was a box-office disaster. He takes to the water next with a surfing drama and a giant-shark thriller.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Breath, Meg
 
2016 RANKING: 36
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.--45  
2. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword--39 
3. Steve Jobs--17  
4. The Counselor--16
5. Gold--7 
 
Despite no blockbuster hits on his resume, he continues to be in demand with two high-profile Oscar season dramas imminent.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: All the Money in the World, Molly’s Game

24. RANDY NEWMAN  
 
2016 RANKING: 22
2 OSCARS, 20 NOMINATIONS
3 EMMYS
4 GRAMMYS, 12 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Awakenings, Seabiscuit, Toy Story 3
TOP GROSSING FILMS
1. Toy Story 3--414
2. Monsters Inc.--289 
3. Meet the Fockers--278
4. Monsters University--268  
5. Toy Story 2--245
6. Cars--244
7. Toy Story--191
8. Meet the Parents--166
9. A Bug's Life--162
10. Cars 3--152 
 
After a four year gap from feature scoring he returned this year with Cars 3 and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), as well as a brand new album.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Toy Story 4
 
2016 RANKING: 25
2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Theory of Everything, Arrival
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Arrival--100  
2. Prisoners--61
3. Sicario-- 46  
4. The Theory of Everything-- 35  
 
Arrival proved to be his biggest hit yet, though the prominent use of Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight” made the score ineligible for Oscar consideration. He was replaced on Blade Runner 2049 by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer, and received a “Music and Sound Consultant” credit on the controversial Mother! after reportedly having a full score rejected, with no score ultimately used.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Lovesong, Mandy, Mary Magdalene, The Mercy

22. STEVEN PRICE 
 
2016 RANKING: 40
1 OSCAR
1 GRAMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Gravity
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Suicide Squad--325  
2. Gravity--274 
3. Baby Driver--107 
4. Fury--85   
5. American Assassin--36 
6. The World’s End--25  
7. Attack the Block--1 
 
He’s had the well-reviewed and high-grossing Baby Driver and the widely hated but even higher-grossing Suicide Squad.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Amusement Park
 
2016 RANKING: 14
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. We’re the Millers--150  
2. Marley & Me--143
3. Ghostbusters--128  
4. Central Intelligence--127   
5. The Devil Wears Prada--124
6. Blades of Glory--118
7. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story--114
8. Fun with Dick and Jane--110
9. Spy--110
10. Tropic Thunder--110 
 
Still focusing on comedies with the occasional drama (like Collateral Beauty).
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Polka King, A Simple Favor
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
1 EMMY NOMINATION
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Hidden Figures
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. It--326 (11/12/17) 
2. Hidden Figures--169 
3. Annabelle: Creation--102  
4. Blade Runner 2049--88 (11/12/17)
5. Lights Out--67  
6. A Cure for Wellness--8  
 
Out of relative obscurity, Wallfisch has unexpectedly raced ahead of the pack with 2016’s highest grossing Best Picture nominee (Hidden Figures), a horror blockbuster (It), two other horror hits (Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out) and the long-awaited, well-reviewed Blade Runner sequel.

19. RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS  
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Hacksaw Ridge
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Wonder Woman--412
2. Grown Ups--162
3. Over the Hedge--155
4. Click--137
5. Grown Ups 2--133  
6. Bee Movie--126
7. The Legend of Tarzan--126 
8. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry--119
9. Bedtime Stories--109
10. Just Go With It--102   
 
A blockbuster superhero hit and a Best Picture nominee, all just in the last 12 months.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Everest, The Happytime Murders, Terminal 

18. CHRISTOPHE BECK 
 
2016 RANKING: 12
1 EMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Frozen--400  
2. The Hangover--277
3. The Hangover Part II--254  
4. Ant-Man--180  
5. Trolls--153  
6. Cheaper by the Dozen--137
7. The Peanuts Movie--130  
8. The Hangover Part III--112
9. American Wedding--104
10.  Edge of Tomorrow--100  
 
No big hits this year but many high-profile projects ahead, including the inevitable Ant-Man sequel and a comedy Holmes/Watson with Farrell/Reilly.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Anon, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Gringo, Holmes and Watson, An Ordinary Man, 12th Man 
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
1 OSCAR NOMINATION
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Big Short, Moonlight
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Big Short--70
2. Moonlight --27  
3. Free State of Jones--20  
4. Battle of the Sexes--12 (11/12/17)
 
No true blockbusters yet but a genuine rising star in film music, with the all-female Ocean’s Eight coming next, and he's just been announced to score the Dick Cheney biopic, Backseat.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Backseat, Ocean’s Eight

16. TOM HOLKENBORG   
 
2016 RANKING: 13
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Mad Max: Fury Road
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Deadpool--363  
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice--330  
3. Mad Max: Fury Road--153 
4. Divergent--150  
5. 300: Rise of an Empire--106  
6. Black Mass--62 
7. The Dark Tower--50  
8. Point Break--28  
9. Run All Night--26 
10. Paranoia--7  
 
Deadpool was a giant hit, and even the widely mocked Dark Tower managed to make $50 million.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Spectral, Tomb Raider
 
2016 RANKING: 16
2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: The Hurt Locker
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Logan-- 226  
2. World War Z--202  
3. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines--150
4. I, Robot--144
5. Live Free or Die Hard--134
6. The Wolverine--132  
7. Scream--103
8. Scream 2--101
9. Scream 3--89
10. Blade 2--81
 
Logan was his biggest hit yet, but other projects have been less widely seen, including the adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman. He has a Foreign Language Oscar contender this year with Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, Cambodia’s official entry.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Matilda 
 
2016 RANKING: 17
1 OSCAR NOMINATION
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Shrek--263
2. X-Men: The Last Stand--234
3. Hancock--227
4. The Bourne Ultimatum--227
5. How to Train Your Dragon--217 
6. Kung Fu Panda--215
7. The Lorax--213  
8. Happy Feet--197
9. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs--196
10. Ice Age: The Meltdown--195
 
Powell has been less active in scoring lately -- especially understandable given the recent passing of his wife -- but returns with the CGI Ferdinand and the Hans Solo spinoff movie.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Ferdinand, Solo: A Star Wars Story
 
2016 RANKING:
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron--459  
2. Iron Man 3--408  
3. Furious 7--353   
4. The Fate of the Furious--225  
5. Fast Five--209 
6. Thor: The Dark World--206   
7. Fast & Furious--155
8. Now You See Me--117   
9. The Expendables--102
10. Eagle Eye--101
 
The latest Fast/Furious was a blockbuster as expected, but the reboots of The Mummy and Power Rangers and Vin Diesel’s return to XXX were relative box-office disappointments.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Crazy Rich Asians

12. HOWARD SHORE  
 
2016 RANKING: 10
3 OSCARS, 4 NOMINATIONS
4 GRAMMYS, 8 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Silence of the Lambs, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Return of the King, The Aviator, The Departed, Hugo, Spotlight
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King--377  
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers--339
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring--313
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--303   
5. Eclipse--300
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug--258  
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies--255   
8. Mrs. Doubtfire--219
9. The Departed--132
10. The Silence of the Lambs--130 
 
No blockbusters since the Hobbit trilogy; next is a docudrama with Paul Rudd as ballplayer Moe Berg.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Catcher Was a Spy
 
2016 RANKING: 15
5 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY NOMINATION 
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The LEGO Movie--257  
2. Thor: Ragnarok-- 212 (11/12/17)
3. 22 Jump Street--191 
4. Pitch Perfect 2--184  
5. Hotel Transylvania 2--169  
6. Hotel Transylvania--148  
7. 21 Jump Street--138  
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked--132  
9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs--124
10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2--119  
 
The hugely popular new Thor is about to be his highest-grossing film, and this year’s feature output included such diverse projects as Beatriz at Dinner, Brad’s Status and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
 
2016 RANKING: 20
2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
2 EMMYS
3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Forrest Gump
1. Marvel’s The Avengers--623  
2. Forrest Gump--329
3. Night at the Museum--250
4. Cast Away--233
5. Back to the Future--208
6. The Mummy Returns--202
7. The Croods--187   
8. The Polar Express--183 
9. What Women Want--182
10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian--177
 
Allied was a box-office disappointment but he has two of the most highly anticipated films of 2018, an Avengers sequel and a Spielberg futuristic adventure.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One
 
2016 RANKING: 11
1 OSCAR NOMINATION
1 EMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Blind Side, A Serious Man, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit
1. Breaking Dawn, Part 2--292   
2. Breaking Dawn, Part 1--281   
3. The Blind Side--255  
4. Twilight--191
5. True Grit--171   
6. The General's Daughter--102
7. Where the Wild Things Are--77 
8. Conspiracy Theory--76
9. The Rookie--75
10. No Country for Old Men--74 
 
Following his first Oscar nomination, for Carol, he’s become fairly ubiquitous in serious- and arthouse-cinema, with Goodbye Christopher Robin, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Wonderstruck all currently in theaters.

8. HENRY JACKMAN  
 
2016 RANKING: 6
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Captain Phillips
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Captain America: Civil War--408     
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier--259  
3. Big Hero 6--222    
4. Monsters vs. Aliens--198
5. Wreck-It Ralph--189  
6. Kong: Skull Island--167 
7. Puss in Boots--149   
8. X-Men: First Class--146   
9. Kingsman: The Secret Service--128  
10. G.I. Joe Retaliation--122  
 
The surprisingly good Kong: Skull Island was his biggest hit this year, while 2016’s The Birth of a Nation was an effective musical change-of-pace but the film’s release was overshadowed by a past scandal. Upcoming are sequels to Jumanji and Wreck-It-Ralph.

WHAT’S NEXT: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2
 
2016 RANKING: 5
8 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
1 EMMY, 3 NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY, 3 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Prince of Tides, The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Michael Clayton
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Dark Knight--533
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire--424  
3. The Hunger Games--407   
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1--337 
5. The Sixth Sense--293
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 2--281   
7. I Am Legend--256
8. Maleficent--241 
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them-- 234
10. Signs--227
 
In theaters now is Roman J. Israel, Esq., a reunion with Nightcrawler’s Dan Gilroy, and 2018 projects include a Jennifer Lawrence spy thriller and a Fantastic Beasts sequel. And we Unbreakable fans are hoping he scores Glass.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindenwald, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Red Sparrow 

6. THOMAS NEWMAN  
 
2016 RANKING: 7
14 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
1 EMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
3 GRAMMYS, 8 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Scent of a Woman, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, The Help, Bridge of Spies
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Finding Dory--486  
2. Finding Nemo--380  
3. Skyfall--304   
4. WALL-E--223
5. Spectre--200  
6. The Help--169 
7. The Green Mile--136
8. American Beauty--130
9. Erin Brockovich--125
10. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events--118
 
He managed his 14th Oscar nomination for Passengers, and a 15th seems plausible for Victoria & Abdul.  The underrated Thank You For Your Sevice is also currently still in theaters, and he’s rumored to be scoring Steve McQueen’s heist drama Widows, starring Viola Davis.
 
2016 RANKING: 8
5 OSCARS, 50 NOMINATIONS
2 EMMYS, 4 NOMINATIONS
20 GRAMMYS, 59 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Fiddler on the Roof, The Towering Inferno, Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, War Horse, Lincoln 
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens--936  
2. The Phantom Menace--474  
3. Star Wars--460
4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial--434
5. Jurassic Park--402  
6. Revenge of the Sith--380
7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull--317
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--316
9. Attack of the Clones--310
10. Return of the Jedi--309
 
Two big ones for the end of the year -- a new Star Wars and a new Spielberg.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Post, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

4. DANNY ELFMAN 
 
2016 RANKING: 4
4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
1 EMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
9 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Good Will Hunting, Chicago, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron--459  
2. Spider-Man--403
3. Spider-Man 2--373
4. Alice in Wonderland--334
5. Batman--251
6. Men in Black--250
7. Oz: The Great and Powerful--234   
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--206
9. Men in Black II--190
10. Mission: Impossible--180
 
Justice League just opened, and next year he has the final Fifty Shades, Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo, and a new Gus Van Sant.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Dumbo, Fifty Shades Freed  
 
2016 RANKING: 3
1 OSCAR, 2 NOMINATIONS
1 EMMY, 5 NOMINATIONS
3 GRAMMYS, 7 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Up
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Jurassic World--652  
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story--532  
3. Inside Out--356  
4. Zootopia--341  
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming--334 (11/12/17)
6. Up--292
7. The Incredibles--261
8. Star Trek--257
9. Doctor Strange--232 
10. Star Trek Into Darkness--228  
 
In just the last 12 months he’s had two Marvel hits, a final Planet of the Apes and a Star Wars spinoff. Pixar’s Coco is imminent and next year features sequels to The Incredibles and Jurassic World. His 50th birthday concert at London’s Albert Hall was probably pretty nice, too.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Coco, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

2. HANS ZIMMER  
 
2016 RANKING: 2
1 OSCAR, 10 NOMINATIONS
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
4 GRAMMYS, 13 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, As Good As It Gets, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, Frost/Nixon, Inception, 12 Years a Slave, Hidden Figures
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Dark Knight--533
2. The Dark Knight Rises--448   
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest--423
4. The Lion King--422    
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice--330  
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End--309
7. Inception--292
8. Man of Steel--291  
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides--241  
10. The Da Vinci Code--217
 
He has a plausible fifth Best Picture winner with Dunkirk, though the collaborative and adaptation-oriented elements of the score make a music nomination uncertain. He shared scoring credits on other hits including Hidden Figures and The Boss Baby, and next up he scores the remake of his own Oscar winner, The Lion King.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Lion King
 
2016 RANKING: 1
1 OSCAR, 8 NOMINATIONS
2 GRAMMYS, 7 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The King's Speech, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Philomena, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2--380   
2. The Secret Life of Pets--368   
3. New Moon--296
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1--294 
5. Godzilla--200   
6 The King's Speech--138  
7. Argo--136 
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button--127
9. Unbroken--115  
10. Rise of the Guardians--103
 
The Secret Life of Pets was his most recent blockbuster, while Suburbicon and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets were among the year’s most notable box-office failures. Guillermo Del Toro’s imminent The Shape of Water is considered to be a major Oscar contender and a likely nomination for Desplat, and other upcoming projects include new films from Wes Anderson and Roman Polanski
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Based on a True Story, Endangered Species, Isle of Dogs, Kursk, The Shape of Water 
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I know rankings like this are pretty subjective, but I'm honestly curious what the justification is for putting Alexandre Desplat at #1 this year. He hasn't had a significant hit since summer 2016, he was replaced late in production on what would have easily been his top-grossing film, he wasn't brought onto the Harry Potter spin-offs even though they used the same director as the two films Desplat scored, and his upcoming films are not particularly high profile.

As far as 2017 releases and upcoming projects go, I would think that Michael Giacchino would be pretty obviously the most prominent currently working composer. You could make a case for Hans Zimmer, although his concert tour kind of overshadowed his scoring work recently. Of course, if we are really talking about "most in demand", John Williams probably gets a lot of offers that he turns down.

Putting Desplat at the top of a list for 2017 is a real head-scratcher, though.

I know rankings like this are pretty subjective, but I'm honestly curious what the justification is for putting Alexandre Desplat at #1 this year. He hasn't had a significant hit since summer 2016, he was replaced late in production on what would have easily been his top-grossing film, he wasn't brought onto the Harry Potter spin-offs even though they used the same director as the two films Desplat scored, and his upcoming films are not particularly high profile.

As far as 2017 releases and upcoming projects go, I would think that Michael Giacchino would be pretty obviously the most prominent currently working composer. You could make a case for Hans Zimmer, although his concert tour kind of overshadowed his scoring work recently. Of course, if we are really talking about "most in demand", John Williams probably gets a lot of offers that he turns down.

Putting Desplat at the top of a list for 2017 is a real head-scratcher, though.


Desplat has worked on expensive movies, Valerian, HP, You get a lot credit for A 200+ million made movie, not my scores I didn't dig-em, hot-or-not He's #1, BTW who ranks these composers. ? As for Zimmer, I did like Dunkirk, Blade Runner scores, he deserves to be at the top, however below Williams.

John Williams doesn't need to many projects now-days, TLJ. plus other commitments he needs to go easy. IMO. He's still the No-1 living composer.

For Desplat, it's the combination of having proved he can do big tentpole hits like Harry Potter and Secret life of Pets (despite departing Rogue One; of course, he's far from the only one to make an unexpected departure from the new Star Wars films) and also being the go-to person for Oscar-bait-style films.

Zimmer is certainly a credible choice for #1, but I feel that he's controversial in the biz -- people are as likely to consider him synonymous with "noise" and "scores-that-all-sound-the-same" as they are to associate him with blockbusters and Best Picture winners, while Desplat I feel receives more widespread and consistent respect as a musical dramatist.

But, obviously, this list is entirely subjective, as any such list can only be.

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